Ninjas sneak on to Euro VC

Four more titles for European Wii owners to download today, including Shinobi III and Shining Force.

This week four retro games have been made available in Europe on the Wii's Virtual Console, bringing the total number of games available in the region to 120.

The first on this week's list is Shinobi III, which was originally released on the Sega Mega Drive in 1993. Sega's action platform game puts players in the shoes of Joe Musashi--aka the Shinobi--a Ninjitsu fighter battling a crime syndicate called Neo Zeed.

Next up is Treasure Co.'s Dynamite Headdy, originally released on the Sega Mega Drive (or Genesis, if you prefer) in 1994. Another action platform game, it is set in a world full of living toys, with players controlling a character called Headdy. Headdy has a detachable head with which he attacks his enemies. The detachable-headed hero goes to visit friends in North Town, where he comes up against the dastardly Dark Demon, and consequently sets out on a mission to defeat him and his minions.

Also available for download this week is role-playing game Shining Force. This 1992 Mega Drive title is a traditional turn-based RPG from Sega which starts as 1,000 years of peace are destroyed when the kingdom of Runefaust brings war to the land of Rune. The main character--a swordsman--wields the power of light, the titular Shining Force, which has the power to restore peace to the nation.

Lastly this week is the 1991 TurboGrafx puzzle game Drop Off. Another princess needs to be rescued, and hero Takashi is just the man for the job. He must save the fair maiden by solving a series of block puzzles in order to clear a path to her and move on to the next stage.

Shinobi III, Dynamite Headdy, and Shining Force all cost 800 Wii points (approx £5.60), and Drop Off is 600 Wii points (£4.20).

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22 comments
Rayze78
Rayze78

Oooooh, soorrry Europe.

boobush
boobush

Even Europe deserves better games than that.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

You have to be really careful with the Sega VC games. I'll use an example. I recently bought Sonic Mega Collection + and Sonic Gems Collection. Now these 2 games cost me 15 quid and contain 6 VC titles. Now if I had bought these 6 VC games instead, I would have needed to buy 5000 points which is 35 quid. There are other things like the Mega Drive Collection and stuff like that. You really do have to be careful what you buy from the VC because sometimes you will just find yourself being ripped off.

kazya_mishima
kazya_mishima

Even though this is for Europe I'm sure even they're craving better games then this. This is goig to be my 5th time commenting this Chrono Trigger, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Super Mario RPG, and Snow Bros. ( that one is new) but yes these games are top choices. I'm holding off spending my last 1100 Wii points for at least one of them.

FloppyDrive
FloppyDrive

I personally loved Dynamite Headdy. I actually enjoyed it more than Gunstar Heroes. (I'm comparing the two because they were made by the same company.)

Binarynova
Binarynova

Shinobi III and Shining Force? Good games. Congrats to European Wii players.

Wolfos
Wolfos

I love it when people go "Any chance of nintendo doing games that people want". Considering im a Shining force fan and have been since the game bloody came out here in the UK. I consider it a "Game i want". There for :) Argument FAIL.

ryanstoy91
ryanstoy91

Shining Force was pretty good back then.

cybolt
cybolt

I love it when people complain about "not releasing games people want" when in fact, the statement is in the midst of an overwhelming majority of people stating the opposite.

Poison_Me_Rum
Poison_Me_Rum

I remember playing Dynamite Headdy as a kid, and it is a fantastic game. It's made by the same folk who brought us Gunstar Hereos, so that should speak for itself. Seriously, the game is high quality. :)

numbthumb
numbthumb

Any chance of Nintendo releasing VC games people actually want?

robzan
robzan

I thinks Shinobi III is good. Maybe a download..

diablobasher
diablobasher

peeweeshift: It's Ninja Gaiden (Shadow Warriors: Ninja Gaiden if your in europe, or just shadow warriors in some parts)

Goku-stream
Goku-stream

Yes!!! Dynamite Heady! I can finally settle the score once and for all with that game (oh how I remember frustrating times with my Mega Drive). I'd love to get Shinobi 3 again too.

MohammedX
MohammedX

Answer to peeweeshift question: I think you mean Ninja Gaiden.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i don't remember but there was a nes game where you used a ninja. it was a sick game. i don't remember the name though. hope this is it.

diablobasher
diablobasher

Shinobi 3? Great, if not for it already being on the Mega Drive collection... Which i got for £8, why would i pay £3 for it on it's own?

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

8 more for us in Australia brings us to 113 games (since we are catching up in TurboGrafx releases which is why we got 5 of them this week). So that means we must be only 7 turbografx titles behind Europe and should of on level terms by the end of the month.